The Northumberland Freemasons have long been supporters of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, a Grade 1 listed independent Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, which relies on community support to ensure its survival.
Thanks in part to a grant from the Northumberland Freemasons Charity, the Tyne Theatre & Opera House has been able to replace the old wooden doors of their loading bay, to increase security and improve the experience for visiting productions and audiences who previously had to put up with cold winds, especially in the winter months. This improvement will also contribute to significant savings on heating costs, lowering the venue’s carbon footprint.
The image below shows Theatre Director Joanne Johnson, Senior Theatre Technician Dan Hurd and W Bro James Horner, in front of the newly installed automated roller shutters jointly funded by Northumberland Freemasons and the Tyne Theatre Preservation Trust. Speaking about the grant from the Northumberland Freemasons Charity, James said: ‘The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a theatre for everyone, and the ongoing support of the Freemasons is helping to make sure this important and storied venue can continue to thrive‘.
The Northumberland Freemasons Charity (The Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund) awards grants to community groups, local charities, and not-for-profit organisations across Northumberland and Tyneside every year. Keep checking our website for more details of our next call for applications in the New Year.